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MACHINAL, Starring Rebecca Hall, Begins on Broadway Tomorrow

Rebecca Hall. Photo by Walter McBride.

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Machinal, starring Rebecca Hall, written by Sophie Treadwell and directed by Lyndsey Turner, begins previews tomorrow, Friday, December 20 at 8:00PM.

The cast includes Suzanne Bertish as "Mother", Morgan Spector as "Lover", Michael Cumpsty as "Husband", and Damian Baldet, Ashley Bell, Jeff Biehl, Arnie Burton, Ryan Dinning, Scott Drummond, Dion Graham, Edward James Hyland, Jason Loughlin, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Daniel Pearce, Henny Russell, Karen Walsh, Michael Warner.

Machinal officially opens Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 2, 2014.

The creative team includes Es Devlin (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Jane Cox (lights), Matt Tierney (sound).

Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. It's America's Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom and prosperity - or is it? For the Young Woman (Hall), a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she'll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. A groundbreaking work in the landscape of American theatre, Machinal is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived.

Machinal premiered on Broadway in 1928 featuring a young Clark Gable in his Broadway debut and then in London in 1931 under the title of The Life Machine. The play was revived in 1993 in London featuring Fiona Shaw, Ciarán Hinds, and John Woodvine and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival.

Tickets for Machinal are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Tickets prices range from $52-$127.00. Machinal will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout's work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout's 2013-2014 season includes Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, directed by Daniel Aukin; Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, starring Rebecca Hall and directed by Lyndsey Turner; Donald Margulies' Dinner with Friends, directed by Pam MacKinnon; Masteroff, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer); Tesori & Crawley's Violet, starring Sutton Foster, directed by Leigh Silverman; and Bekah Brunstetter's newly commissioned play, Cutie and Bear, directed by Evan Cabnet.

Roundabout Underground kicked off their 7th season this fall with the world premiere of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Sheryl Kaller.

For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org. Follow ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY on Twitter: @RTC_NYC and on Facebook.


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